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Emre Gokalp is an award-winning Turkish classical guitarist based in London. 


Emre has garnered international recognition, winning numerous prizes in major guitar competitions, including 1st prizes in the 1st International Guitar Competition "Paris Guitar Foundation", the 2nd Classical Guitar Competition ‘’de la Semaine Musicale en Forêt d'Orléans’’ in France, and the 1st Balkan Festival and Guitar Competition in Bulgaria among many others. He has also been recognised for his outstanding musicianship and artistry, receiving a diploma from the prestigious Parkening International Guitar Competition in the USA.


Emre has studied with some of the world's most renowned guitar virtuosos and pedagogues, including Ahmet Kanneci in Turkey, Michael Lewin, David Russell, Fábio Zanon, Stephen Goss, Timothy Walker in the UK, and Miguel Trápaga Sánchez in Spain. He has also participated in masterclasses with distinguished artists such as Alirio Diaz, Julian Byzantine, Tilman Hoppstock, Pavel Steidel, and Gerhard Reichenbach among many others. 


Thanks to his scholarship from the Borusan Kocabıyık Foundation, Emre graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, Master of Arts programme with Distinction in 2014. Upon completing his studies, he was awarded DipRAM and Frank Britton Prize for outstanding and general achievements.


Emre has participated in various music festivals and competitions around the world such as; Machynlleth Music Festival in the UK, Hass Guitar Fest in Armenia, Bilkent University’s ‘’11th Guitar Meeting’’ in Turkey, Marku Guitar Competition as a member of the jury in Albania, and many others in Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, France and the USA.


In addition to his solo concerts, Emre regularly collaborates in chamber music performances and appears as a soloist in orchestras. He most recently made his London debut of Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with conductor Stephen Ellery and the London Gala Orchestra. 

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